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    How to emulate the look of the great fashion legends

    PLUS How to photograph barn owls DxO OpticsPro 10 tested and rated

    Saturday 17 January 2015

    Passionate about photography since 1884

    Have Nikon,will travelOne readers verdict on the D7000 that he took around the world

    Mortifi ed by MortensenAnsel Adams called him the A

    ntichrist. Roger Hicks begs to differ

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    In this issue10 Light work

    Jamie Harrison on how to achieve a classic fashion look with a simple and adaptable set-up

    15 Competition

    Win a Billingham 550 bag worth 600

    20 American grotesque

    Why has American photographer William Mortensen been largely erased from photographic history? Roger Hicks investigates

    26 Wildlife watch

    David Tipling with tips and tricks on how to photograph barn owls

    28 The only way is up

    Romain Jacquet-Lagrze explains how he takes his dizzying views of Hong Kongs high-rise towers

    40 Evening class

    Martin Evening sorts out your photo-editing and post-processing problems

    44 On the road again

    Globetrotting photographer Jacob James on how the Nikon D7000 took him around the world

    53 DxO OpticsPro 10

    We test the latest version of DxOs image-editing software, with improved noise-reduction processing and new Clear View features that can detect and edit hazy images

    Regulars 3 7 days

    16 Inbox

    34 Reader Portfolio

    42 Accessories

    57 Technical Support

    82 Final Analysis

    ONE OF the loudest debates within photography over the past decade has been about the use of Photoshop. There are those who view anything more

    than basic image correction and enhancement to be cheating, while a sizeable contingent question whether any substantial manipulation is even photography. Much depends on the genre. Theres a reasonable expectation that documentary photography is an honest

    representation of the truth (although thats another debate entirely) but should creative photography have such barriers?

    This weeks feature on William Mortensen reminds us that this debate has been raging since long before the digital era. His montages depicting often dark and lurid themes show just how far reality could be stretched using traditional methods, and outraged purists like Ansel Adams at the time. Judge for yourself on page 20. Nigel Atherton, Editor

    Send us your pictures If youd like to see your work published in Amateur Photographer, heres how to send us your images:Email Email a selection of low-res images (up to 5MB of attachments in total) to Send us a disc of high-resolution JPEG, TIFF or PSD images (at least 2480 pixels along its longest length), with a contact sheet, to the address on page 17. Via our online communities Post your pictures into our Flickr group, Facebook page or the gallery on our website. See details above.Transparencies/prints Well-packaged prints or slides (without glass mounts) should be sent by Special Delivery, with a return SAE, to the address on page 17.


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    This unusual take on landscape photography was uploaded to our AP Flickr page by Clive Maidment.

    I took this shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III plus Canon 16-35mm f/4L lens one Sunday afternoon in November, says Clive. I wanted a long exposure to atten the running water, so I set the ISO low and stopped down to f/16. A Lee 0.6 ND lter and 0.3 soft ND grad helped to achieve balance, along with the 4sec exposure.

    The outline of the trees on the opposite bank, their re ection in the River Brathay, as well as the symmetry caught my eye. A trial shot con rmed there was potential, despite the position of the sun being less than ideal. Simply setting the picture style to monochrome and then rotating the camera by 180 to view the in-camera image upside down gave me the alternative view I was after. Thanks for Joe Cornish and Mark Banks for these tips.

    Brathay by Clive MaidmentCanon EOS 5D Mark III, 16-35mm, 4secs at f/16, ISO 50

    Each week we will choose our favourite picture posted

    on the AP Facebook and Flickr communities and the AP forum. The winner will receive a years digital subscription to AP worth 79.99.








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    Shoot from ground levelFrequently, we photographers put the camera to our

    eye, compose and shoot without paying too much

    attention to the foreground. The foreground can

    oft en be rather drab and, if were not careful, it can

    dominate the image more than we intend it to. For

    example, when taking pictures of a car, the road is

    not very exciting and oft en detracts from the image.

    By switching the perspective of the shot and

    shooting from a low angle, little of the road surface

    will appear in the image and far more emphasis will

    be placed on the subject.

    This technique can bring a freshness to a whole

    host of subjects, providing there is a strong focal

    point to the shot. This weekend, why not try using

    this ultra-simple trick to add some more impact to

    your images.

    1Many recent cameras have an articulated LCD screen, which can tilt and

    rotate. If you have a camera with this feature, use it to your advantage to get down to a low vantage point.

    2If your camera has the type of Wi-Fi connectivity that

    allows you to control the camera using a smartphone or tablet, then connect the camera to the device and trigger the camera remotely.









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    Hetherington awardFrench photographer William Daniels has been awarded the Tim Hetherington Grant, a 20,000 prize created in memory of the British photojournalist killed in Libya in 2011. The photographer was chosen for his work on the Central African Republic.

    The week in brief, edited by Chris Cheesman

    Film scannerIf you have a collection of slides and negatives languishing in the loft, then a new 35mm desktop film scanner from Reflecta may come in handy. The RPS 10M film scanner costs 696 and is available now. Call 01793 615 836.

    Winning formula Racing driver Jensen Button is among Formula 1 stars who have taken photos to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity. The drivers were asked to take a photo that represented a snapshot of their world. Their signed images will be up for grabs at the Zoom charity auction in London on 16 January, backed by Nikon.

    Wildlife battle startsThe Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards has opened for entries. It features 21 categories for adults and young photographers. The contest is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Visit

    Drone sales soarSales of drones at the electronics chain Maplin soared 450% in the weeks before Christmas. However, Maplin Direct managing director Oliver Meakin voiced concerns about users being unaware

    of the rules. He told AP: Maplin has asked its main suppliers to

    include a leaflet covering the appropriate regulations, as well

    as training all store colleagues to advise

    customers of their responsibilities.



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    3Some tripods boast the ability to remove the centre column or

    move it out of the way, allowing you to shoot at ground level. This will be useful if shooting at shutter speeds too slow to be handheld.

    4Subjects do not react to a photographer shooting at ground level in the

    same way as they do when the camera is at eye level. This makes it an excellent technique to use when you want to capture people candidly.







    Get down low for a more dynamic composition

    The painter constructs, the photographer

    disclosesSusan Sontag

    Writer and lmmaker


    This shot is just one of the entries that has been

    submitted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, Nature & Wildlife category, Open Competition.

    Titled Dinner Time, Kyle Breckenridge took this shot of a mother and cub in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada, near a small village called Klemtu. What makes this shot a bit more special is the fact that these bears are spirit bears, or Kermode bears, a subspecies of the North American black bear. Living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Colombia, these bears are rarer than the giant panda in the wild and it is understood that it is only the second time a white mother and cub have been documented. Most mothers and cubs are a black and white combination.


    6 millionThe amount compact system

    camera sales were estimated to have risen in the UK last year,

    compared to 2013

    Dinner Time entry for

    the 2015 Sony World

    Photography Awards

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